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Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs : Review

In this powerful entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, Mercy Thompson must face a deadly enemy to defend all she loves…

My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter.

And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn’t stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word.

We will die to keep it.

I’ve been a huge fan of Patricia Briggs and her Mercy Thompson books ever since I stumbled across them at the bookstore nearly 10 years ago now so i was pretty excited to receive a copy of this book to review for the blog. Since I’m always a little bit worried that I will let my love for an author or series blind me to any flaws in a book that I’ve been looking forward to like this I decided to read the book and let myself geek out about it for a couple of weeks before trying to read it again so I can be a bit more subjective. So I think I can say with a pretty decent amount of honesty that I think I found Storm Cursed by Patricia Briggs to be everything I expected it to be and so much more. I’ve managed to read the book a few times now and every time that I have started I’ve found myself unable to stop reading until I finished it.

Patricia Briggs is a great author and I think she’s created a fantastic world that is surprisingly realistic and believable for an urban fantasy series. If werewolves and the Fae one day came out in the real world the way they did in this series I can see everyone reacting in pretty much the exact way they do in these books. I love pretty much any urban fantasy series that is written well but I really think this one stands out with how great the world building is and how believable the world is.

Normally I would comment on what I liked and didn’t like about the plot of a book here, but so many important things happen in Storm Cursed that I don’t want to chance spoiling anything. All I will say is that Patricia Briggs has managed to completely surprise me once again with all the twists and turns that take place over the course of this book. Things in the Mercyverse have always been interesting but events are starting to spin out of control all over the place and I can’t wait to see how Mercy and Adam handle all the changes that are coming their way.

The only thing that really bummed me out about this book was that some of my favorite characters were either not in it, or only briefly mentioned. But I honestly expect that to happen at this point of the series — Patricia Briggs has created so many great characters that it would be impossible to stick them all into every book without really bogging the story down completely. I’ll just have to suck it up and wait for the next book in the series to see them.

Like always I would recommend this series to anyone who hasn’t read it yet, though I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series since so much of the story requires knowledge of the characters and world to understand what is going on.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

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